MillerGenuineDraft Posted July 15, 2013 Share Posted July 15, 2013 I just finish a 3 hour lecture at UBC and get a text from a friend who lives downtown to go and meet him to grab a beer or 5 with a group of our friends. I think to myself, "Sure why not, it's been a long day." So I hop onto the 99 B-line and make my way toward Granville, to transfer busses and head north into the West End. As I am on the 99 B-line, a cyclist tries cutting the monstrous bus, nearly getting hit and potentially cracking his skull into pieces. Thankfully the bus driver slams the breaks in time, preventing what would have been a a fatal accident. What's my point with this? Is it that cyclists are morons? Potentially, yes. But this isn't even what bothers me most. As I walk toward the pub, I see my friends sitting on the patio, pitchers and all. Once I sit down, I tell them about what just happens, and we start having a heated discussion on cyclists in Vancouver. One of my friends, Jeff, who is all for cycling in the big city, stresses that maybe if there were less drivers on the road, and more cyclists, these problems simply wouldn't persist. Now, as this is happening, a gentleman who had cycled his way to the bar gets off his bike, locks it up, and sits with his group of friends on the patio, and starts drinking. By this point, I'm asking my friend Jeff if he thinks this is acceptable. He doesn't say much. For the entire duration that my friends and I were at this bar drinking, the cyclist who was eating and drinking with his friends decides to head out. Now this guy is 5/6 beer deep, and is going to be biking home on a road with registered drivers. In my eyes, I see this as a big issue. We have the city of Vancouver promoting the use of bikes, where we are adding even more bike lanes to the city. But why is it that people who are biking can just join in on these roads, without even having a registered license to do so? They are biking on the same road that owners of registered vehicles are driving on. In order to drive on the roads, you are required to read a book, pass a test, then take a test that allows you to legally drive on the roads. With cyclists, it's just a matter of grabbing your bike and helmet, and going to town. I think this city needs a program that cyclists are required to take, in order to bike on these roads - especially downtown Vancouver. How many times do you see a cyclist get hit/almost get hit? How many times is the driver portrayed as the bad guy in the situation? So is my point still that cyclists are morons? Potentially, yes. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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